TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Bono and Paul Simon, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Stephen Hawking, Shah Rukh Khan, Bil Clinton and Elon Musk.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, TED Translators and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project, TEDx, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)